Consultants Needed at CARE International

Posted by Future on Tue 15th Feb, 2022 -

CARE International invites interested consultants to tender applications for the following works:

CARE International is a global leader within a worldwide movement dedicated to saving lives and ending poverty. We work in over 94 countries around the world to provide over 1000 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects.

Applications are invited for:

Title: Consultant - Terms of Reference for Situation Analysis of Reducing Infectious Disease Among Children Under Five (RIDCU5)

Bade LGA, Yobe
Employment Type: Contract
Project Title: Reducing Infectious Disease among Children Under Five (RIDCU) Lafiya Yara (Healthy Child) Project
Duration of Analysis: Maximum 15 days
Analysis Project Date: 21st February to 11th March 2022

Officially registered in April 2017, CARE is in its fourth year operating in Nigeria. The bulk of its programming is currently in the conflict affected Northeast, with food security programming in the Northwest. In August 2017, CARE Nigeria developed its first Emergency Response Strategy (2017-2018) guided by and aligned with CI 2020 Program Strategy and the CI Humanitarian Strategy.

This Emergency Strategy along with a 3-year program strategy, has guided the Country Office (CO) in mobilizing resources and building quality programs for the following programming areas: Food Nutrition Security and Livelihoods (FNSL), Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and a Life Free from Violence (Gender- based violence (GBV) Prevention and Response), Women Economic Empowerment and Water Sanitation and Hygiene. Rationale Nigeria is a fundamental driver of maternal and child health outcomes in Africa, with the largest population on the continent and a staggering 20% of global maternal deaths. Nationally, one in eight children born in Nigeria does not survive to his or her fifth birthday. The neonatal mortality rate is 39 deaths per 1,000 live births.2.While the government is working to build a sustainable health system at both national and local levels, it relies on allies to support these nascent health systems and bolster people’s trust in them.

CARE, a critical government ally in this process, is uniquely positioned to contribute meaningfully to health systems strengthening to reduce under-5 mortality rates and improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious disease by brokering relationships between community-level and formal health systems. Nigeria’s humanitarian situation has worsened due to COVID-19, which has further pressured already stretched health systems, livelihoods, and public services. Challenges include disrupted health systems in many inaccessible areas, non-functional health facilities, and lack of health care staff, overwhelmed response capacity of international humanitarian agencies and lack of resources.

The tightening of pre- existing movement restrictions, economic deterioration, distrust for government interventions and strained public services have further increased humanitarian needs and compounded existing challenges. The most recent Humanitarian Needs Overview estimates 8.7 million people, 78% women and children, require humanitarian assistance in the BAY states.

Job Description
  • We seek the services of a consultant(s) or consulting firm to conduct a situation analysis study with strong focus on health equity and rights (HER) in the Infectious disease among children under five in Yobe state. The study will be used primarily to guide and inform the redesign and implementation of the RIDCU5 project.
  • The overall objective of the study is to assess the baseline situation, which will be formative research (e.g. via focus groups, interviews and mapping exercises) to identify norms and practices that negatively impact child health and immunization uptake as well as key challenges impacting community access to and utilization of health services.
  • This will include exploration of social and gender norms impacting child health and immunization uptake, to establish benchmark indicators aligned with the indicators highlighted in the metrics document (to be shared with successful consultant/firm) to inform the monitoring and evaluation plan and formulate an outline for the impact evaluation, aligned with HER technical approach, with cross-cutting analysis and decision-making.
  • The consultant will work directly with the Project Manager, Technical Advisors on health (SRH) and Gender/Protection and Monitoring Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) teams of the CO.
  • He/She is responsible for the design and oversight of data collection and is likely to require field missions in the following wards in Bade LGA of Yobe state; Dagona, Katuzu, Dawayo, Gwio Kura, Lawan Fannami, Lawan Musa, Sabon-Gari, Sarkin Hausa, Sugum/Tagali and Zando to collect data relevant for indicators. The data is expected to be collected through a descriptive survey which involves qualitative data (expected to be collected through proposed tools (see SAA guide link below) to assess social and gender norms and practices and a quantitative survey expected to provide baseline data to inform the indicators in the metrics to support the understanding of situation(s) and the current contexts.
Specific Objectives
  • The aim of the study is to manage a multi-level research process to collect data on attitudes, knowledge, and social and gender norms impacting health seeking behaviors and practices related to maternal and child health, including infectious diseases, malnutrition and routine immunization among children under five years and related to the indicators in Yobe State.
Specific Objectives for the Situation Analysis / Baseline Consultancy are to:
  • Conduct a situational analysis to identify and provide contextual information on social and gender norms impacting maternal and child health and to inform community engagement approach (see SAA guide with examples of tools that may be used, e.g. pile sorting, social mapping, in addition to FGDs).
  • Gather relevant baseline data for project indicators to enable changes in women’s lives, and children under five in relevance to the MNCH sector to be measured over the course of the project.
The Deliverables and Specific Outputs for this Assignment include:
  • Inception report detailing out understanding about the ToR/ assignment, implementation work plan, data collection methodology, sampling strategy, data collection questionnaire/ qualitative tools, output table (which related with the questionnaire).
  • Presentation and meeting with RIDCU5 project team.
  • Draft Situation Analysis report. The draft and final report will have the following structure:
    • Executive Summary (max. 2 pages)
    • Introduction
    • Methodology, including sampling plan and tools
    • Analysis and findings of the study
    • Conclusions, recommendations, lessons learned, and best practices
    • Annexes: ToR, if any, Relevant maps and photographs of the study areas, bibliography of consulted secondary sources, finalized data collection tools (in English and Hausa and/or Barde, list of key informants, raw data in an agreed format.
  • Produce high quality and comprehensive final report
  • Raw and cleaned database including quantitative output and syntax files, qualitative transcripts, field notes and questionnaires.
Eligibility Criteria
The successful service provider (individuals or consultancy) will be able to demonstrate fulfillment of criteria below, with examples of evidence for each:

General Criteria:
  • Demonstrable expertise in conducting situational analysis or baseline studies on Health projects (qualitative and quantitative study research design, data collection, analysis and write-up).
  • Thematic expertise on maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, power dynamics related to access and utilization of health services and health behaviors.
Technical Criteria:
  • 2-3 years of experience with designing and conducting quantitative and qualitative survey/research with special focus on gender-responsive/ health and nutrition.
  • Evidence of successfully designing and managing large-scale robust research and baseline processes or evaluations. Also, development of clear, concise, high-quality reports in academic English and published research and/or dissemination of research findings.
  • Strong technical expertise in health and sexual reproductive health programs.
  • Study team leader and key team members should have relevant education/experience in health, social sciences or development studies, gender or equivalent education and experience.
Application Closing Date
18th February, 2022.

Submission of Documents
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Applications to: using "RIDCU5 Situation Analysis" as the subject of the email.

Application Instructions
Applicants should send their Proposal with:
  • Technical Approach (explaining understanding of the assignment and suggested methodology),
  • Information of previous relevant experience with similar assignments
  • CVs of team lead and team members
  • Detailed budget and outline schedule.